Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor that can include a variety of actions. In Minnesota, it’s any conduct that you can reasonably expect to alarm, anger, or disturb the peace of others or the public. It can include fighting, disturbing a lawful assembly, or being boisterous or offensive.
Disorderly conduct commonly refers to brawling, being obscene, damaging property, playing loud music, revving a noisy car engine, or disturbing a lawful meeting or assembly.
The jury will ultimately decide, if a charge goes to trial. Prior to that, an objective standard is used: would a reasonable person find the conduct disorderly?
My firm will investigate the situation and tell the story. Disorderly conduct is considered a fact-intensive charge. The details of the incident must be made clear for the jury and judge to understand that a reasonable person would not have expected the defendant’s actions to alarm, anger, or disturb others.